Holyoke Holiday Market
Many years ago the Holyoke Merry Go Round was dubbed the Holyoke Happiness Machine. And, with that honor comes a sense of responsibility. Which is why we decided to create the Holyoke Holiday Market. A festival that will bring joy and magic to Downtown Holyoke during what can often be a very stressful time. The beauty of our Carousel is it’s sense of nostalgia. A symbol of simpler times, of weekends spent at Mountain Park with family and friends. This is the atmosphere we want to recreate this December. With the park lit up with Christmas lights and the sounds of carolers and brass instruments playing your favorite Holiday tune, we hope that you lose yourself in the Holiday Spirits. And, if that doesn’t work feel free to escape by shopping local craft and store vendors. Or, sharing a toast with friends to a New Year. So this December come and join us we promise you won’t be disappointed.
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is located in Holyoke Heritage State Park – managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Holyoke Heritage State Park boasts cultural and educational fun for families. The Park is handicap accessible and features a visitor center about paper manufacturing and Holyoke’s rich industrial and cultural history. The site on which Holyoke Heritage State Park is located was once used by the William Skinner Silk Mill. Holyoke Heritage State Park was planned after the mill burned down.
Today, the Holyoke Heritage State Park boasts landscaped grounds for picnicking and views of the canals and mill buildings between Dwight and Appleton streets in historic downtown Holyoke. Take a spin on the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, situated in the southwest portion of Holyoke Heritage State Park, also home to the Children’s Museum of Holyoke and Volleyball Hall of Fame.
Inside the pavilion, the carousel is comprised of 48 magnificent horses hand carved by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company: 16 standers on the outside row that are stationary, 14 jumpers in the middle row, 18 standers and jumpers in the inner row and 2 chariots. The Merry-Go-Round features 56 original scenic panels, 864 brightly colored lights and 98 beveled mirrors.